Mindset Republic Sketchbooks. Jot your way to success now. February 18, 2018 22:36 51 Comments
Note taking is one of my favourite pastimes. I can’t tell you where I’d be if I hadn’t had a pen on hand to write down my ideas (or more importantly, other people's) as soon as they came to me. - Richard Branson.
I love the way Sir Richard Branson describes the importance about jotting down notes on paper.
"No matter how big, small, simple or complex an idea is, get it in writing. But don’t just take notes for the sake of taking notes, go through your ideas and turn them into actionable and measurable goals. If you don’t write your ideas down, they could leave your head before you even leave the room." - Richard Branson
Of course now there is no shortage of note-taking apps, from Evernote to OneNote to Google Keep, and beyond. And there is a hot debate about whether note-taking digitally or by hand is superior — with pen and paper seeming to still have the edge for learning and information retention.
This old-fashioned method has the support of productivity guru David Allen, author of the classic book Getting Things Done, who has said that “the easiest and most ubiquitous way to get stuff out of your head is pen and paper.”
This tried-and-true system is still so popular because it “requires no power source, no boot-up time, no program-specific formatting, and no syncing to external drives and the cloud,” according to David Sax, author of The Revenge of Analog.
With research from the internet, we managed to breakdown 13 great ways to use your journal for success with credit to Rosella Lafevre. Here's how Rosella does it.
1. Record daily events for later reference.
Carry your journal everywhere. Have a few minutes at the cafe between meetings? Record how the first meeting went, how you’re feeling afterward, and what you might have done differently if you could.
2. Celebrate #smallwins.
This is related to recording daily events. The idea here is that you want to write down whatever circumstance excites you, gives you the feeling that you’ve won. Clients and others change their minds and sometimes do things to counteract the positive feelings you’ve
3. Break down future goals and next steps into actionable to-do lists.
There might be other places you keep to-do lists, but I find my journal the perfect place for long-term to-do lists and write down short-term actions steps when I’ve forgotten my daily planner at home. (I rarely forget my journal.)
4. Arm yourself with words of wisdom.
You keep having to look up that favorite quote of Oprah’s that you keep looking up, or you’ve just read something in a novel that strikes you. These quotes are great fodder for the compost pile that is your journal. Write ‘em down!
5. Capture those brilliant ideas as soon as they occur to you.
The trick to acting on great ideas? Writing them down as soon as you come up with them. We often forget our ideas unless we write them down quickly. I usually draw a little lightbulb above my ideas so they’re easier to identify when I review my journal at later times.
6. Take notes on things you read, hear and watch.
Note the highlights when reading a book for personal development or watching a TED Talk to learn things related to growing your business skills. Then you’ll have at least a rough idea of where to find those notes when you want to read them over again in a few weeks or months.
7. Write affirmations.
Affirmations can be powerful psychological tools to empower you. A personal favorite is: “I am capable of loving myself enough to find peace with all circumstances.” Sometimes I write a whole list and sometimes I repeatedly write one specific affirmation over and over.
8. Keep a list of books you’d like to read, or other similar lists.
I’m often recommended books or read about books I feel I should check out.
9. Tell yourself what you want to move past with “Let It Go” lists.
Face it, you’re human. There are going to be things that bug you and you can’t seem to forget. Write them down. Whether it’s an interaction with someone you considered an idol but now you lack respect for, or something like watching a competitor’s social media following grow at an unrealistic pace. Let it go!
10. Put some intentionality into your networking with lists of people you want to meet.
When I see someone on social media or in the press that I think would be a great connection, I write their name down and any contact information that’s readily available. Later, I can dig deeper and do some outreach.
11. Make lists of memories or funny things your loved ones say and do.
I keep a list of things I hear my boyfriend say in his sleep. (He talks a lot in his sleep.) These notes don’t necessarily have any impact on your business or career success but help you remember that your life is about much more than the work you do or your dreams for your future. You’re living in the here-and-now; record it!
12. Write down questions to reframe the problems that plague you.
I’ve written down questions like “How can I make $5,000 a month?” One trick is to focus on positive outcomes. “How did my account end up negative?” gets you focus on the negative actions or inactions that you don’t want to repeat. Instead, you might ask “How can I keep a constant flow of money coming in?” Not that these questions will all be answered, but it’s key to focusing your attention on positive growth-based actions and thought processes.
13. Draft content for product or marketing purposes.
Begin outlining the topics you want to cover in your ebook or next LinkedIn post. Draw possible layouts for these products if you’re designing them yourself or working with a graphic designer.
"So I became a buyer of blank books. People found it interesting that I would buy a blank book. “Twenty-six dollars for a blank book, why would you pay that?” they’d say. Well, the reason I paid it was to challenge myself to find something worth $26 to put in there. But if you ever got a hold of one of my journals, you wouldn’t have to look very far to discover that it’s worth more than that." Jim Rohn
There's never a better time to own a journal that truly reflects you. Choose journals that speak your mindset and keep focused on your goals while our Holographic Mindset Republic Sketchbooks is a good way to keep your morale high with our motivational message covers.
There is only happiness in life, to love and to be loved. George Sand February 9, 2018 16:00 1 Comment
Thank you for sticking with us for so long, and for all the feedback you offered when we started out. We hope it’s been enjoyable for you — and you know if you have any questions we’re always here! Thanks for always being such an awesome customer.
Last year, we chose Marymount Centre as our Corporate Social Responsibility beneficiary, an organisation that protects girls or females that had faced abuse, providing shelter for them. With your support, we have managed to raise $300.
As we presented the cheque, we could see the joy in their eyes, to build a better environment. It may not be much in comparison, but with your help, we did it. In 2018, we will continue to donate $1 from each sale from the website to them.
This year, we will be launching a pre-order segment where we will be designing items based on themed collections like movies and more but fully illustrated in our own style. We hope these will add that touch of colour to our collections. We thank our awesome Office Warriors who are big collectors of our Office Buddy, who has every version of our happy stationeries since our 1st one, making the everyday Office fun with our happy Singapore-designed products. :D
We are excited to unveil our new Goods of Singapore Status flipchart collections, packed with our humorous and wacky Creative Office Messages.
1) The Everyday Office War version in both Singlish and English
(Cantonese coming very soon)
2) Everyday Office Assemblers Status Flipchart (Heroes and Thug Version) in Singlish and English.
Each of our Singapore Lifestyle Products are all produced in Singapore and the pre-orders will allow us to gift even more freebies once we hit the target, and more cost-friendly to our customers as well.
We hope this would bring more smiles to our customers like yourself. As the Lunar New Year approaches, we wish you a very prosperous and healthy year with the best in everything!
Have you managed to get our FREE Rawr the TeeRex bag? If not, please click here to redeem it absolutely free. All we ask is for you to help us pay the postage fee of $1.
Thank you for being with us and we would love to continue the journey together! Make your day with our Gifts of Singapore! Happier products, happier days!
Thank you for gracing our Tee-Saurus's 1st Designer Lifestyle Store in Katong Point October 6, 2017 12:26 2 Comments
28th September 2017 marks the first milestone for us - Thanks to Mox and our customers, we managed to launch our first ever designer lifestyle store here at Katong Point, 451 Joo Chiat Road, #01-06 Singapore 427664!
This humble store houses our most iconic designer products like our most popular Office Buddies, the favourite vinyl designer tees from chrome gold to glitter gold and camou, our cute littlest Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Villain. Signature Local themed badges, postcards (stamps can be bought here too! We will help you post it out!).
We have recently launched our Mindset Republic series - the environmentally friendly book that uses recycled waste paper coupled with holographic effects, together with eco-friendly sketch paper on the inside. These range seeks to boost the everyday mindset and creates positivity for the everyday. The sets are limited edition because the covers can't be designed, nor produced in bulk. It's an overprint of countless different artworks to achieve the effect.
Moving on, we will be housing interesting and unique designer items that is relatable to our very concept of being The Happier Lifestyle Store - Happier Products, Happier Days.
Pop by our retail store and say hello to us! Snap fun picts with our Life-sized Tee-Rex! Also pose with our small Eiffel Towel Table or our counter that is made of container material! Even pop by if you are thirsty. Or rest your tired feet after your food trail in Katong!
Here's a short video of our opening and thanks for all who came! :)
Finish Unforgettable - The JT FOXX Way June 27, 2017 15:51 51 Comments
Love him or hate him, JT Foxx brings results and Tee-Saurus was a big part in it. Through intense business coaching and countless hard drills from JT FOXX and his super coaches (which was Damien Elston, Jason Evers as well as Les Evans), we saw an increase of 500% in our business growth. And these only happened in less than 2 years!
When I first met him, I was a typical Singaporean, wary and skeptical of him, an aggressive American who kept talking about his success stories on stage. I was sitting on the Gold seat with thanks to one of my good friend Wendi, who had a ticket to spare. But everything changed. My main design business didn't seem to be growing. And it triggered to me if having a business coach would really help in my business. But we took the risk to purchase his lesson "Money Never Sleeps". One big takeaway was the "Work on your business and not in your business" concept. We implemented it but it wasn't taking off. Was something still missing?
We wanted more answers and went to his courses repeatedly until Doris and I decided in order to take our business to the next level, if we wanted to progress, we can't be attending training only. We have to be coached. Training only feeds you knowledge mostly theoretically. But coaching drives you through solutions, implementations, systems and most importantly accountability. And this coach believes in you more than you could ever believe. The little touches of telling you what is wrong and what you should be doing touched me. He cares and his actions says it all.
We took action attending the Top 1 Business retreat in Phuket in October 2016 together with the global entrepreneurs from Singapore, Bangkok, Malaysia, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia and Taiwan. By implementing what we learnt from the earlier courses together with an in-depth vertical planning and execution, the results was amazing!
For Tee-Saurus, our designer lifestyle store who started as an online store started having it's culture. It's USP of Happier Products, Happier Days. From a mere B2C gift novelty company we evolved to also create a positivity reinforcement tool for the B2B market that aims to raise morale, productivity in the office. And these were not all, we needed to keep building our business vertically and globally. We expanded our retail partnerships strategically by location. And marketed it across the world through online. Now we have customers from USA, Europe, Dubai and more Asia countries! Having an online store wasn't enough, having a personality and culture was far more important! Branding, branding, branding! And from that implementation, the rise in traffic and sales increased dramatically! We had people coming into our website and converting sales from all over the world, best thing we didn't had to pay for advertising! All that it took was a total switch in branding and our tone of copywriting. Boom!
I have another branding agency Idea Edge Group, and we specialise in creating award winning logos. Through the entire network, we have successfully finished two major branding projects in Bangkok, Thailand. One for Smile Everyday Dental Bangkok and another for Hi End Audio Bangkok. Thank you for the opportunity.
Seeing JT's hard work has brought out that well needed energy in all of us, which led me to have insane goals that I will want to go up to. In 2017, the journey has been extraordinary! As a designer, we wanted to move up the ranks and what JT taught me was not to challenge one or two places up. You've to be hungry, you've got to aim higher. I told myself that I will do what it takes from #39 to be #15 this year!
Ranked number 39th in the World for Designer last year, this year I'm ranked #6 now in 2017! We've won a Gold Design Award in Milan, a Silver in US for our works. And was selected to be one of the Design Jury for the A'Design International Awards, one of the highest honour for a Design professional to be in.
JT, you taught me it's not foolish to dream big. And no matter how hard it is, never lose track of focus. Remember your goals, take bold action to make it come true. You taught me nobody is going to give you the Best Excuse Award. There's no such thing as I'll do it tomorrow. The speed of implementation. You'll taught me how to think and see things as a whole. The bigger picture. You've told me how to read a person through their eyes, gestures and the way they talk.
I used to be one person who kept all my problems in business inside me because I couldn't find anyone to talk to. And if I shared this with my own family, it might make them stressed. So before I met him, I did corner myself and wept at a corner, before wearing a smile when I'm back home. I'm thankful that I have met you and your team. I'm grateful that I am not fighting alone in my business. I know if I align myself with the right people, the right coaches, half the battle is won. I may not be the brightest student that he has, but definitely I'm blessed to be in the big family we term #familyfirst. We can come so far because you believed in us. And thank you for the opportunities, and branding us as your success stories in the recent National Achievers Congress 2017 by Success Resources together with the wildly successful entrepreneurs around me. There's still so much room to grow and explore!
In my humble opinion, there is no definition of a born entrepreneur. It takes time to be crafted into one. You got to be hungry, coachable and on the go! If someone like me can accelerate the growth of my business through coaching, I'm sure you can too!
In summary, these are the TOP #8 tips I got from JT FOXX. (8 is a great number in Asia as it means Prosperity)
#1 To be successful, you got to get rid of procrastination. Stop creating excuses. Too much work, no cash, no time - get rid of these. Focus on the results and end goal. Less Talk. More Action.
#2 Focus on productive matters. Not rubbish.
I used to multitask, doing 101 things at one time. Yes, things get done but I wasn't able to see the horizon. I wasn't able to see the future. Focusing one time at a time lets you see the entire picture, so you can do what you do best and get out of your business and build it from the outside. Focus-task. Not multitask. And one great tips I got from his Wealth Workout, always use your left page and create your 5 top lists to finish by TODAY! And it works wonders for me!
#3 It's vertical business building. NOT horizontal.
Go deep. When you do a business, make 'wings' that can spread far and wide. Think of the possibilities your brand can go and what your strengths can compliment the different businesses. I created an Advertising company - Branding Agency - Designer Lifestyle Merchandise company. Connecting Singapore to the rest of the world via the online environment.
#4 Focus on the customer client experience, not the profits first.
When you take meticulous care of your clients, they will take care of your pockets.
#5 The product is about the customer, not you.
Create products that relate and solve problems for them. Not yourself. Products that only reflect your own thinking would not sell well. Do research, ask questions, take complaints. Turn them into goods of desire.
#6 The Wow word
You don't have to wait till occasions in order to surprise your customers. Keep them constantly updated about what you are doing and make their day!
What your business and product is about. Are you creating the right brand? The right culture? A simple tip from Coach Jason changed the entire company value. Read "Zappos" by Tony Hsieh. From there, we found all the answers we wanted about creating Happier Products for Happier Days. Having a company without a soul is just plain boring.
#8 Dreams are not foolish.
Never stop just because you achieved your goals. Keep breaking new grounds. Dreams are what keeps us alive. Action is what makes us money. And one key things I discovered why my staffs are still with me because they believe and buy the dream I set out to accomplish. Like what JT Foxx mentioned. Dreams don't come true, visions do.
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The People Of Singapore : Tee-Saurus November 14, 2014 11:10
Thank you so much People of Singapore for featuring us.
We hope we have inspired and motivated their who have passion and the drive to pursue your dreams :)
Here's the article:
"A while back I went through a very difficult time. My business partner pulled out and my business almost went under. And around the same time my wife miscarried which is devastating. I was ready to give up on my dreams. But somehow we weathered the storm. I learned that no matter how difficult things may be, you need to remember your passion - to hold on to your dreams. So we made it through and things are going much better now.
I now want to share what I learned about perseverance and remaining optimistic with others. So these days, besides my business, I do this design project on the side - making tees and badges with messages to inspire others to follow their dreams.
I want you to know that you should always remember to believe in yourself."
Wear your dreams, pave your road.